It’s a thankless task being the group support officer, I feeling quite lonely and unappreciated. I think I might just give it one more go and then perhaps throw in the towel. I’ve just got back from our last “meeting” which consisted of me sitting there playing solitaire on my mobile. It would have been nice to have someone to talk to about my recent problems but it’s not that nobody listened, nobody actually turned up. Disappointed, moi? I am but not as much as if I had gone to Birmingham with all the stuff and spent £3.40 on a daysaver and then £4.50 for a train ticket to New Street station. Of course I’m disappointed, I have put quite a bit of effort into arranging this, the calls, the emails, buying craft materials, biscuits, squash (no additives, ADHD friendly ) setting up events on Facebook, promoting the meeting on the TA forum, the list goes on….. What people don’t realise that as well as taking up my own personal time there’s only a certain amount of cash in the support group kitty and booking suitable spaces for meetings, even though I got a reduction due to being a local it still costs money, money that we as a group will have to start raising for ourselves. I mean this cycle could go on until we run out of cash. I have already done some fundraising by taking part in the knit-a-thon, I have some other ideas up my sleeve and also fellow KVCC group leaders have been telling me about some other sources of funding. In order for these ideas to come to fruition I need help and support, I’m not Wonder Woman, I’m a fellow ticcer, I struggle with some stuff, I hate asking for help but sometimes I do need help and support, it’s also nice to feel appreciated (sometimes).
Whilst I was waiting a local boy came into the KVCC foyer area where I was sitting, from outside he had noticed that the lights were on in the youth club room that I had booked and asked me if the youth club was open. Warwickshire council have just cut the funding for the youth club, so that facility is no longer available to the village kids. It seemed quite harsh to turn him away when probably all he wanted was somewhere to chill out with his friend, a game of pool and chat to a friendly grown-up.
So please, I’m not after a medal or anything, just be aware of the money and the effort that us support group co-ordinators put into our role, I like to think that amongst the other co-ordinators up and down the country that I’m the most accessible, you can find me here, on the TA forum and on Facebook, I’m just an email, call or text away.